UP Mini 3Dプリンター
低価格、高品質、高精度のUP mini。Beijing Tiertime Technology Co. Ltd製3Ｄプリンタ―。
Disclaimer: I am new to 3D printing and this is my first machine. Don't buy this or ANY 3D printer if you don't have the time to work with it.
I chose this printer because it was chosen by MAKE magazine as a "Just Hit Print" printer. For the most part, that is true on the software side. The hardware side is where it gets interesting. This printer has a heated bed and enclosure which makes life easier. The software does all the heavy lifting as well. When the printer works, you do just load the STL file in and hit print and normally that is it. Any problems with the printer are common to all 3D printers so getting help from the 3D community hasn't been an issue. Tech support from UP is a different story. Their USA website is confusing at best, you can't post in their forums until approved (I requested 3 days ago), their help desk is confusing to get to and hasn't written back yet (3 days ago again).
Things I have found out: UP ABS works as expected producing nice prints that pop off the print bed and breakaway supports.
Octave ABS works MUCH better with the temperature switch set to 236 (this is also an Octave accessory sold on Amazon). The correct temp allows you to produce prints that pop off the bed and supports that breakaway. If you don't use the switch, the Octave ABS (and other brands) all stick to the print and print bed and cause headaches. This may also lead to clogs. The Up Mini extrudes at 260 so any other brand filament will not cool at the expected rate and cause the issues.
Put a piece of styrofoam or similar inline with the filament as it is fed in regardless of type. This gets all the fine fibers or static electricity off that clog the nozzle and heating block.
Read and reread the manual. After printing awhile the manual makes much more sense. As a newbie much of the tips just don't make sense.
Soak the nozzle in acetone for 24 hours and blow it out with compressed air when it does clog.
Mix Acetone and leftover ABS together to desired consistency and make paste to paint the perf board you print on when the boards lose their stickiness. Aquanet hair spray does the same thing.
Take the time to do a 9 point platform alignment. It greatly enhances quality of the prints.
Both Octave and Afinia sell replacement parts. The Afinia H479 uses many of the same parts as the Up Mini. The USA Up store took 3 weeks to ship out a nozzle. Octave sent it in 2 days. Afinia is the only one that I have found selling the perf board in the US.
As a side note: Octave has been very responsive to tech support requests for their product.
Overall, a fun tool or toy that actually does what it says without the user having to really understand what they are doing. Over time it will require maintenance which will require the user to understand the principles behind printing.
I would give it 5 stars if the company had better support or a way to get products in the US that was easier.
Go with a MonopriceMini for almost 1/3 of the price
pros: sleek enclosure, will teach you everything you will ever need to know about troubleshooting a 3d printer
cons: too many to list
The first one arrived obviously used with the previous customers shipping information still on the interior box... a few days past the guaranteed delivery date. I immediately returned it. The second one arrived and I was stoked!
Upon unboxing and setting it up, I realized that the printer wasn't talking to my laptop via USB. OSX, Windows, and a Linux box for good measure... Nothing but communication errors or errors that sensors were not detected. After an hour or so of google foo, I came to realize that this printer DOES IN FACT have a micro SD card. It is just conveniently located on the circuit board within the metal enclosure . After pulling the case apart the metal case, I discovered that the micro sd card was not seated properly on the circuit board. I popped the sd card in place, put the case back together and I was stoked to start printing!
*I had already learned the software included was garbage and mostly written in broken English at this point by following the included setup guide.
I follow instructions... Initialize, Maintenance -> calibrate the platform... extrude... etc. The Extruder was jammed. Haven't even printed and the extruder is jammed. I learned this after hours of looking into nozzle clog issues. (The nozzle was clogged as well). I took apart the extruder assembly, and removed the crusty old white filament that was jamming it up (likely from a test print prior to shipping). I then cleared the nozzle and confirmed the extruder was good to go. (this required acetone, time, and patience)
NOW, I was stoked to start printing!
The first few prints were glorious. Not the quality, but the fact that I finally had it working. Then came more problems. As previously mentioned, the software is some of the worst I have ever seen. The UI and UX is a joke. Switching filaments was a guaranteed jam in my case no matter the extruder temp. Doesn't matter if its PLA to PLA, ABS to PLA, PLA to ABS, etc. Withdraw and Extrude in the maintenance panel all you like. You're going to be pulling it apart and putting it back together before you have any progress.
The software CHOOSES what temp is best for you. THIS should have been a huge red flag when I first got my feet wet. There are lots of 'mods' and 'hacks' online to get this POS to print how you want, but for the price, I shouldn't have to potentially void warranty to make a product work by fixing things.
I would say 2/3 of my time was been spent researching and troubleshooting as opposed to printing, and that is lowballing it. I am very grateful that I have learned enough to possibly teach a college course on troubleshooting a 3d printer after owning this piece of hardware.
The return process was a PITA as well. I am so happy Amazon did good on their part and refunded my money. I'm in week two with the Monoprice mini and I love the little guy so much, I'm getting his bigger brother. BOTH of which could have been purchased for LESS than this UP! product.
I will never purchase anything from UP! again, and will tell others to do the same. Good riddance.